Have you seen recently one of those high-tech-looking data centers? Some companies find it worthwhile to build an artistically designed, colorful place for their servers. The servers – well, they don’t care. But people do. The box-like data centers kill the spirit. I firmly believe that art is recreational and if used in the workplace it helps employees focus and generally creates a better atmosphere. Let’s talk about web hosting.
Web hosting is the provision of web space and accommodation (hosting) of Web pages on a Web server of an Internet service provider (ISP).
The web host provider will make its resources available, usually for a fee. These resources include in particular the provision and operation of servers and network connections. Often web hosts also finance through advertising that appears on the website.
The scope of hosting services varies widely. The deals start with a simple website on servers with scripting language support (e.g., CGI, PHP) and database backend (e.g., MySQL) to packages that include a web content management system (e.g., TYPO3, Joomla), monitoring, data storage, statistical analysis, load balancing or high availability. The selection is wide both for the software and the availability/service uptime.
There are numerous categories of website hosting. It can be a shared hosting, VPS, cloud hosting, and the list goes on. Having shared hosting is favorable, but if you want to get more professional packages, you may have to pay even more. Usually, it is possible to make a compromise between price and performance. Essential criteria for the selection are recurring and monthly costs, the scope, the connection speed and the range of available services.
A new way of web hosting is cloud hosting. Cloud hosting is defined as a technology of hosting, which is characterized mainly by its flexibility. Here the data is hosted in the cloud, which saves a lot of administrative work, but also distributes flexible resources.
There are also web hosting services that accept only certain types of files, such as photo-sharing services and video portals.